More than just a Migraine

I’ve suffered with head aches from a young age. Primary school if I can remember . As I’ve got older they have become more severe and I also suffer the aftermath of the migraines, really knocks you for 6.

Migraines are tough enough as they can last for 5 days but being a mom now and working one it effects more then just the head. When I was pregnant with my 1st and only child the first 5 months of pregnancy was hell, constant headache was signed of work which was quite a new job to . Cut long story short I ended up leaving the job as I had 0 support from the company.

I truly believe that Migraines should come under a disability , as when you get them there is no way of working .

I have a specialist for my headaches and sadly she admitted they will never find an answer to why they come on and how to finally get rid of them .

I truly feel for others who have to suffer Migraines

Joanne Fowler

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Jojo,
    Having to worry about money while being extremely sick is extremely stressful. There are days you can barely do the laundry, let alone fill out all the paperwork to apply for disability. But in the end, it could help you tremendously. I am in the process of applying myself, so I don’t yet have any words of advice. I do know that the more proof, doctor’s notes, and other documentation you have when you submit the application, the better your chances are. Below are 3 great articles about the process that might help you get started. Good luck!
    -Katie

    http://migraine.com/blog/social-security-disability-insurance-benefits-the-basics/

    http://migraine.com/blog/common-myths-about-applying-for-social-security-disability-benefits/

    http://migraine.com/migraine-basics/social-security-disability-insurance-benefits/

  • MissMary
    5 years ago

    Migraines are considered a disability by Social Security Disability. I was fortunate to have worked for a company that offered Long Term Disability, which I always purchased at about $12 per month. Once I was on disability, the insurance provider required me to apply for SSDI. I was approved on my first submission of my documentation. I truly believe that the documentation you provide is key–include everything that your migraines impact. My husbands required response made me cry, as there where impacts to both of us that I hadn’t realized. Also, find a pain management or headache doc, they are up on the latest information and not as general as a neurologist. I have both a neurologist & pain management doc.

  • Denise Whitehead
    5 years ago

    I have had them for 30 plus years. About 5 years ago I wasfinally approved for disability. That does not make it any easier though. Its still a pain to find a Neurologist that will accept your insurance.And now you have to even get a referral from your primary physician. But it is a step in the right direction. Please apply and if denied, DO NOT ACCEPT THAT. Get a ssi attorney and file again. I wish you luck. I feel your pain and frustration as I have a monster migraine this very minute. An 8 on the 1-10 scale.

  • Steelmagnolia
    5 years ago

    I have always felt that Migraines should be considered a disability and people who suffer from them should be able to get more help. Unfortunately it is like any other illness that has been used as a possible way to get disability…..it could also be used by those unscrupulous people that just plain don’t want to work. Migraines aren’t quite as easy to fake as some other problems such as back problems or mental illness to get disability, because of the absolute visual appearance of the sufferer, but I am sure there would be someone who could pull it off. Migraines are also sometimes a symptom of a more serious illness such as Lupus…which I have…or MS. I wish you well.

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